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Lewis, Steven – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2017
This paper examines the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) "PISA for Schools," a new variant of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) that compares school-level performance on reading, math and science with international schooling systems (e.g., Shanghai-China, Finland). Specifically, I…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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Sigþórsson, Rúnar – Literacy, 2017
In the wake of a White Paper on Education Reform, published in 2014 by the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the minister launched a national initiative to improve literacy education in Icelandic compulsory schools. The White Paper and the national initiative came as a reaction to the disappointing performance of 15-year-olds…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Compulsory Education
Froese-Germain, Bernie – Canadian Teachers' Federation (NJ1), 2011
In this era of accountability-by-numbers, the elevated status accorded to large-scale external assessments such as the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is symptomatic of a trend towards data-driven policy initiatives in education, and the need for regular sources of outcome data to constantly feed narrow indicators of…
Descriptors: Test Results, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Accountability